Madagascar’s rural population lives a life intimately connected to the environment. Their survival depends on the climate, the forests and oceans of this ‘Red Island’, a land that is mostly known for its rich and unique biodiversity. Subsistence farmers, conservationists, National Park guides and a respected climatologist share their voices in this environmental documentary. Extreme weather events, linked with environmental degradation and rapidly diminishing natural resources, are together forcing the people into a tight corner. The peoples’ innate wisdom tells us of the importance of conservation, not only for future generations, but also for the current one. Here on the Red Island, we see how social and environmental issues intersect at critical points. An honest film that journeys into the heart of a land whose people are at the frontlines of global environmental changes.
Nosy Mena visually immerses the viewer in the stark natural beauty, insights into the lives of a warm and generous people, and a fascinating and precious biological and ecological diversity. The striking visuals are accompanied by moving music from Malagasy artists and specially composed tracks using the ‘valiha’, a unique Malagasy instrument.
Produced for Conservation International (Madagascar) as an environmental educational film, to be distributed through the educational outreach programmes of Madagascar National Parks (MNP).
Production took place in 2010 and post production was complete in February 2011
Running time: 43 minutes
Languages: Malagasy, local dialects, French and English with English subtitles